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Nutritional value of Sweet Chestnuts

Posted Apr 30 2009 12:55pm

Nutritional value of Sweet Chestnuts



chestnutThe Sweet Chestnut produces spiny fruit which encase the edible chestnut, traditionally roasted in bonfires.  


Chestnuts are very nutritious:

  • the only nut containing vitamin C
  • full of fibre - 4.1gfibre/100g chestnut
  • trace elements including potassium, iron, zinc and manganese
  • gluten free
  • no cholesterol
  • calories in 50g serving (5 chestnuts) = 85kcal
  • low in fat - 2.7g fat/100g - less than 1/3 of the calories of pistachios


To Cook a Chestnut snack:

  • roast for 20 minutes in a hot oven until the skin comes off
  • peel
  • eat pure or cover with favourite seasoning

To Store Chestnuts:

  • dry nuts in a very low oven until hard
  • store in a dry jar in a cool, dark cupboard
  • dry chestnuts will keep for years
  • to reconstitute dry nuts, put in boiling water to cover for an hour or so and use as recipe.



The Sweet Chestnut Tree (latin name - Castanea sativa) grows to a height of about 30m.


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